I tried installing xampp before and had problems so I uninstalled it.
Now I installed AppServ, but mysql won't start.
I keep seeing things left over from xampp which I think are related. There was a service that was stopped, which I disabled. If I go to the mysql folder now
C:\AppServ\MySQL\bin and run mysql.exe, I get
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'ODBC'@'localhost' (using password: NO)